Want more bikes in Austin? So does Katie Smith Deolloz, Bike Austin’s new executive director

Bike Austin has named Katie Smith Deolloz its new executive director. Photo courtesy Bike Austin

 

Look for Katie Smith Deolloz riding a bike, walking or taking a bus, but don’t expect to see her driving a car. And now, look for her at the helm of Bike Austin.

The non-profit organization, which promotes cycling for transportation and recreation, has selected Deolloz as its new executive director.

Deolloz, her husband and two children don’t own a car, and want to show others how it’s possible to live without one in Austin. They live near a Capital Metro bus line and a bike route. She is founder of ATX Walks, which leads community walks and offers coaching services.

“The city of Austin has reached a critical juncture with regard to transportation, and Bike Austin is poised to demonstrate to the community, through both education and advocacy, that cycling can be integrated into the normal activities of daily life,” Deolloz said in a press release. “We look forward to partnering with other organizations to promote solutions that will serve people of all ages and abilities in our community.”

Bike Austin was created when the recreational Austin Cycling Association merged with the advocacy group Bike Austin. Deolloz takes over from Mercedes Feris, who decided to transition out of the position.

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“The board knew that to maintain the momentum we’ve built over the past three years, we would need a dynamic, visionary leader to assume the role,” Hill Abell, owner of Bicycle Sport Shop and president of the Bike Austin board, said in a press release. “As every Austinite is aware, we have an enormous mobility challenge as our city grows, and the manner in which we reimagine how we get around town is an opportunity that Katie is well-prepared to tackle.”

Deolloz is a member of the City of Austin’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Councils, a board of member of the non-profit organization Walk Austin. She graduated with a kinesiology degree from the University of Texas, where she was a member of the UT Women’s Rowing Team.